Some numbers from my book tour, May 3—29, 2009:
Number of events held.
Number of states in which events were held.
Dollars spent on gas.
Average miles per gallon (highway).
Number of meals eaten at McDonalds (in my defense, they have very reliable WiFi).
Highest attendance at an event (Kansas City Public Library, May 6).
Lowest attendance at an event (undisclosed location).
Number of times “American Pie” was heard on the radio (in whole or in part).
Approximate number of dead deer seen on the roadside (in whole or in part).
Number of dead foxes seen on the roadside.
Rank of Steve Miller Band’s “Take the Money and Run” on The River 106.3 FM’s Top 500 Memorial Day countdown in Wheeling, West Virginia. An outrage. Shouldn’t even be in the top 100.
$5.00 (50% of total bill)
Size of tip given sassy waitress Hannah at IHOP #3056 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Number of professional baseball games attended (Kansas City Royals, Columbus Clippers).
Number of breakdowns (mechanical).
Number of times I was introduced as “Matthew Allego.”
Approximate number of books signed.